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Craft Focus magazine - Issue 82 - December/January 2020/2021

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In this issue:

Craft Focus Ultimate Guide

Trends for 2021
What to expect on the shelves in 2021

Mother's Day
Show mum you care

Fashion Fix
Making clothes at home

Winter product showcase

Valentine's Day


Fabrics, papercrafts & more!

Envelopes LTD
Envelopes LTD
Stamp shop up for sale

Stamp shop up for sale

Blade Rubber Stamps was started in 1996 by the current owners Kaye Flack and Graham Adams. The business specialises in selling...

Craft entrepreneur recognised nationally for success

Craft entrepreneur recognised nationally for success

Susan Bonnar from Lee-on-the-Solent in Hampshire has this week been named as one of the UK's...

Sakura celebrates its 100th anniversary

Sakura celebrates its 100th anniversary

Sakura celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Sakura initially created their ground breaking Cray-pas...

Search Press and the Electric Quilt Company join forces

Search Press and the Electric Quilt Company join forces

Search Press has been appointed the exclusive distributor from January 2021 for the USA-based...

From the editor

Rachel Westall, Editor

Here's to 2021

It’s been a challenging year for retail and trade, however, with a mass vaccination programme being rolled out across the UK and with trade shows eagerly planning their 2021 dates, we can be certain that us Brits are soldiering on with great optimism. And here at Craft Focus we want you to know we’re here to support you. We are here to showcase your products, bring you the latest industry news and keep you up to speed with what’s happening in the craft industry. And soon enough, we will see you once again as we all browse the aisles of our beloved trade shows. It will happen! Till then myself and Tracy want to thank you for your continued loyalty and support. So, please do continue to email us with announcements, products or just to say hello!

This issue we have our Trends feature where we’re excited to feature what the industry experts predict will be big in Craft in 2021. From Sara Davis to Blair Christie, haberdashery buyer at John Lewis, it certainly makes an interesting read. Furthermore, we celebrate 50 years in business for Search Press. Martin de la Bedoyere, managing director and Caroline de la Bedoyere, director, discuss their milestones over the years. We also chat with Michael Reichhold – director of Creativeworld and Paperworld, as he explains the new measures Messe Frankfurt are taking to deliver a successful and fruitful trade show for buyers and exhibitors alike in April, 2021. For one year only, Paperworld will be held under the title: International Consumer Goods Show – Special Edition; and Creativeworld will be held in digital format. Please also be sure to check out our Show News pages to find the latest exhibition dates and details of virtual events.

There are loads of exciting products in our Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day and Brand Spanking New features – food for thought as to what could be adorning your shelves in the new year.

From all the team behind Craft Focus, we hope you all have a very merry Christmas!

Rachel Westall, Editor

PS. If you have any news you would like to submit to this site or Craft Focus magazine, please email editor@craftfocus.com

Editor loves...

Rachel Westall, Editor of Craft Focus magazine
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With Mother's Day coming up, flowers are a lovely way of expressing gratitude and love to mum; a personalised plant pot to put them in is a great idea.

Paint three lovely little terracotta plant pots with this et from Peak Dale. It includes three pots (9cm, 7cm and 5cm tall) and also includes a pack of six acrylic paints, a sponge brush and a fine paintbrush.

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Virtually possible

Creativation, the highly-anticipated annual tradeshow and conference for the creative industries hosted by The Association For Creative Industries (AFCI) will look quite different in 2021. Along with transitioning to a virtual event to support the safety of its members and attendees, AFCI is excited to co-locate with The International Art Materials Trade Association (Namta®). This virtual event, taking place 15th-19th March, 2021 will bring together the two associations and their flourishing and complementary networks of suppliers, buyers, designers, creators, and more, as well as foster new opportunities for expanded audiences to participate in the event which traditionally takes place in North America each year.... read more

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FSB National Chairman Mike Cherry looks at the ramifications of fake reviews for small businesses, and calls on the Government to do more. In the 1990s, we could only dream of a world where we could buy anything at the click of a button from the comfort of our homes. But today, it's a multimillion-pound industry taking the world by storm, with small firms everywhere embracing the digital trade revolution to sell their services across the globe.... read more

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